[Rd] Sweave/ESS-like tools for HTML

Sean Davis sdavis2 at mail.nih.gov
Tue Oct 16 18:05:42 CEST 2007

Douglas Bates wrote:
> My university provides me with a powerful course management system for
> the courses that I teach.  Among other things I can create a wiki for
> the course, which is very convenient for cross-linking different bits
> of the course.
> Naturally I use R extensively in my teaching and I want to incorporate
> R code, output and graphics in such a wiki.  If I were producing LaTeX
> sources instead of HTML sources I create .Rnw files for Sweave and I
> would edit them using ESS in emacs.
> What options do I have for producing HTML with embedded R content and
> what is a good, preferably emacs-based, way of editing the source
> code?
> One basic problem is trying to present mathematical expressions in HTML (see
> http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/math/) but, aside from that, there are
> questions of presenting input R expressions and the corresponding
> output and of incorporating graphics files produced by R.  I could try
> to use latex2html or texi2html but the output from latex2html at least
> would be quite inconvenient to use because it generates so many linked
> files.  Once they are uploaded it would be horrible trying to get all
> the links straightened out.
> In a sense there are already tools for this type of output from .Rd
> files.  Would it be best to use those tools or to use texinfo tools or
> ...?

I have never tried it, but have you looked into using the RweaveHTML
driver in the RHTML package for processing .Rnw files?


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